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Save the Date for the Utility Packet Telecoms Conference of the Year

Please mark your diary for UtiliNet Europe 2018, the utility packet telecom event of the year, taking place 15-17 May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

Drawing together 100+ utility telecom and cyber-security professionals, this 3-day conference, exhibition and networking forum provides practical insights into how European TSOs and DSOs are future-proofing their telecom networks to ensure high levels of reliability and security as the migration from SDH to IP-MPLS and MPLS-TP intensifies.

During the main conference speakers share their IP migration strategies, evaluating the different technology options such as SDH, IP, IP-MPLS, MPLS-TP among others. Technical presentations address the deployment of new IP-enabled services and applications such as IP SCADA, PMU, and IP Video Surveillance. Monitoring of an increasingly complex multi-vendor, multi-technology telecom network, and the integration of IP network security into a comprehensive end-to-end security strategy will be fully addressed. Assessment of the different public and private telecom infrastructure options including MVNO and PVNO will be made, as well as an examination of the future SDH and NFV service oriented telecom network architecture.

During day three two parallel workshops are scheduled, one focused on cyber-security for utility telecom professionals, the other on supporting tele-protection services with packet telecoms.

Alongside the case-study programme we have a number of technology innovation panel discussions, a series of intimate end-user round table debates, a live demo lab of the latest systems and solutions, an exhibition area displaying state of the art technology suppliers, and an evening networking reception open to all participants.

As the programme and speaker line-up get finalised, we wanted to give you a sneak preview of the topics and speakers confirmed to date, to help you plan your participation.

Speakers confirmed to date

  • Andreas Breuer, VP New Technology & ProjectsInnogy & ChairmanEUTC
  • Alberto Sendin, Telecommunications Projector ManagerIberdrola
  • Jürgen Tusch, Head of TelecomsInnogy
  • Luis Matias, Associate Director, Networks Digital PlatformEDP Distribuição
  • Sérgio Ramos Pinto, Assistant Director, Networks Digital PlatformEDP Distribuição
  • Lhoussain Lhassani, Senior Specialist Asset ManagementStedin
  • Indrek Künnapuu, Chief Telecommunications SpecialistElektrilevi OÜ
  • Wolfgang Zeitler, Communication ArchitectBayernwerk AG
  • Cormac Long, Technical ConsultantESB
  • Frank Visser, Telecommunications ArchitectAlliander
  • Žarko Edis, Telecommunication Network Management System Unit ManagerPE Elektromreža Srbije
  • Stephen Colgan, Global Sales LeaderVodafone Global Enterprises
  • Erik Moll, Telecom Policy AdvisorUtility Connect & 450 Alliance
  • Antonello Monti, Director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power SystemsE.ON Energy Research Centre, RWTH Aachen University
  • Steven Blair, Research FellowUniversity of Strathclyde
  • Jaco Jacobs, Cyber Defense Domain Lead NL, Accenture Security
  • Daniel Schollhorn, ConsultantTUV Rheinland Consulting, ENERGISE – European Commission Funded Project, DG Connect

…with many others to follow shortly!

Themes to be discussed

Main Conference: 15th & 16th May 2018

Future proofing utility telecom networks to support high-reliability high-security smart grid applications and services

  • Migration timescales: Planning the migration to all-IP networks to ensure effective support for new services whilst maintaining current levels of service reliability and security
  • Technology mix: Determining the optimum technology mix to minimise capex and opex for the long term whilst maintaining current levels of network availability, reliability and security to support new IP services
  • Sweating current network assets: Meeting the challenges of supporting new IP services on legacy SDH and PDH networks
  • MPLS-TP: Deploying MPLS-TP as part of the overall network strategy to enable support for new IP services and legacy SDH services
  • IP-MPLS: How layer 3 IP/MPLS can offer cost effective service support for both deterministic and non-deterministic traffic types along with legacy integration
  • TCP/IP: Deploying TCP/IP as part of the network mix to future proof the network for the long term; matching the reliability and availability of P2P networking
  • Security: Understanding and mitigating the increased security risks presented by IP telecoms networks for utilities
  • Network Monitoring: Achieving a complete overview of an increasingly complex multi-vendor, multi-technology telecom network to ensure high levels of QoS and performance
  • IP SCADA: Outlining the telecoms networking required to maintain security in the transition from traditional SCADA systems with serial based RTU’s to the Ethernet / IP based systems
  • MV/LV Networks: Expanding IP services to the medium and low voltage layers of the distribution grid
  • PMU: Enabling wide-area Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) technology with IP networks to improve state estimation of the distribution system and improve accuracy of monitoring power quality
  • Broadband Powerline Systems: Leveraging standardization of Broadband Powerline Systems for smart grid applications in low voltage Networks
  • Tele-protection: Ensuring the reliability of tele-protection and differential protection services in the migration to next generation communication networks
  • Substation automation communications: Effectively integrating IP telecommunication networks with infrastructures and protocols for IEC 61850-based substation automation communications
  • Telco Partnerships: Determining the key criteria for telcos to meet in order to deliver the service level requirements of utility telecoms networks in the immediate and long term
  • Utility & Telco Collaboration: Examining the success of Vodafone’s collaboration with Iberdrola and Scottish Power to enable the communications control infrastructure for the smart grid
  • Wireless Networks: Opportunities for utilities offered by dedicated wireless 450 MHz telecoms networks
  • IP Mobile Networks: Ensuring reliable and secure IP Mobile Networks for FAN (Field Area Networks) and IoT communications
  • Service Oriented Grid for the Network of the Future: Enabling near real-time control of the distributed energy network with innovative 5G telecoms networks and intelligence at the network edge
  • EDP’s Connect Programme Part 1: Outlining the challenges of the current migration from TDM to a new IP MPLS core network
  • EDP’s Connect Programme Part 2: Designing a new FAN: examining the results of field trials for LTE 450 MHz
  • EDP’s Connect Programme Part 3: Evaluating a PVNO model for the last mile, such as for AMI

Workshop A: Thursday 17th May 2018

Cyber-Security for Packet Telecoms

  • Integrating Telecoms Security: Developing a comprehensive end to end security strategy to achieve high levels of cyber and physical security in the transition to the digital grid
  • Securing IP Traffic: Evaluating the different means of ensuring the security of IP traffic in the telecom network
  • IT/OT Integration: Anticipating and mitigating the security implications of the increasing Integration of IT and OT in utility networks
  • Network Monitoring: Monitoring network assets and alerts in real-time to identify and address security threats as they happen

Workshop B: Thursday 17th May 2018

Tele-Protection and Packet Telecoms

  • Requirements: Outlining the requirements of mission critical tele-protection and power system protection services in terms of enabling real time communications with minimal latency, jitter and path asymmetry
  • Engineering: Leveraging advanced packet-based engineering to match current standards of latency and jitter
  • Reliability: Making the case for MPLS based circuit emulation to ensure SDH levels of accuracy, reliability and traffic prioritisation
  • Mixed Networks: Determining timescales for continuing support of TDM networks for tele-protection and differential protection services in a mixed network in the short term

Testimonials from previous UtiliNet events

“Excellent forum to meet peers from the DSO scene in Europe for the exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices in the field of telecommunications for power distribution grids.”
Jürgen Tusch, Head of TelecomsInnogy

“A great opportunity to meet utilities from all over Europe, and to hear about their plans to upgrade their networks to support packet based services. Interesting to see different migration strategies and how utilities adapted to that. The conference was very well organized. Exactly according to plan. High quality presentations which fully covered the different challenges in the industry.”
Børre Jensen, Manager of Network DepartmentBKK Fibre

“It was a great conference since the most relevant and challenging areas for many energy utilities were thoroughly addressed. We came home with great insights!”
Nuno Medeiros, ICS and Smart Grids Security OfficerEDP Distribuição

“A very worthwhile and valuable event. It was well run and it has allowed me to learn and share my knowledge, and develop networking.”
Pedro Gama, Head of SCADA and Telecom DepartmentEDP Distribuição

“The excellent preparation of the event created the best conditions for sharing experiences, benchmarking and networking.”
Rui Franco, Managing DirectorREN TELECOM

“Once again phoenix forums presented a high-quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. Throughout, an excellent blend of conference, workshops, exhibitions and networking, that were highly successfully, driven, forward looking and open discussions participated by all participants.”
Aurelio Blanquet, DirectorEDP Distribution

“This event has helped with and interactive approach to the solutions used or available to leverage and effective and reliable implementation.”
Jamie Nogueira, Project ManagerEDP Distribution

“Great focus – For the first time a conference focused on packet technology in the utility.”
Dominique Verhulst, Head of Business Development for IP DivisionAlcatel-Lucent

“To see what companies do and how they think about future challenges. Also the tele-protection in MPLS network. Tests and experience.”
Denis Anusic, System EngineerE.ON 

“Very technical presentations! Very interesting and diversified.”
Christophe Bechet, Research EngineerEDF

“Excellent conference with right level of technical expertise.”
Regis Hourdouillie, Smart Grid DirectorEricsson

“A lot of new information and contacts.”
Nikola Miladinovic, software Engineer Institute Nikola Tesla

Presentation highlights from previous UtiliNet events

  1. Managing an MPLS based process network – Borre Jensen, BKK
  2. All-IP telecom network supporting utility process evolution – Sergio Ramos Pinto, EDP Distribuicao
  3. New utility telecom business models for long term reliability of electricity networks – Erik Moll, Utility Connect & 450 Alliance
  4. Leveraging IP-MPLS to develop a deterministic all-IP telecom network that supports tele-protectoin services – Bram De Valck, Delta
  5. Validating and securing tele-protection over packet networks – Steven Blair – Strathclyde


We look forward to welcoming you to the event. To register please click here!


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